Abyssinian/Northern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus abyssinicus

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill male
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill pair
Northern Ground Hornbill female
The Abyssinian Hornbill, also called the Abyssinian or Northern Ground Hornbill, is one of only two "Ground" Hornbills, the other being the Southern Ground Hornbill. The Abyssinian lives north from Uganda to the Sahara edge. Both differ from all other hornbills by spending much of the daytime on the ground and walking in preference to hopping/flying.
Northern Ground Hornbill female
Northern Ground Hornbill female
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill male
The Northern Ground Hornbill differs from the Southern in appearance and sound. The Northern male has a similar red throat patch but has blue instead of red eye surround (above right), while the female also has blue rather than red eye shadow and a blue/lavender/grey-brown throat patch (top left/centre).
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Female with blue eye shadow and a blue/lavender/grey throat pouch
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
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Northern Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
Both Ground Hornbills usually prefer to walk (above) rather than to fly (below), unlike their arboreal "cousins" (they are more prehistoric than the tree-living hornbills).
Northern Ground Hornbill in flight
Northern Ground Hornbill flying
Abyssinian Ground Hornbill pair